Our friends at Secular Pro-life just posted this story:
Women & Teens Medical Center, a Miami-area abortion mill, is openly advertising illegal diet products in the Miami New Times, Secular Pro-Life has learned.In a December 6, 2011 advisory, entitled “HCG Diet Products are Illegal,” The Food and Drug Administration had this to say about Human Chorionic Gonadtropin (HCG) products that supposedly help people lose weight:
HCG is a hormone that is produced by the human placenta during pregnancy.
Products that claim to contain HCG are typically marketed in connection with a very low calorie diet, usually one that limits calories to 500 per day. Many of these popular HCG products claim to “reset your metabolism,” change “abnormal eating patterns,” and shave 20-30 pounds in 30-40 days.
“These products are marketed with incredible claims and people think that if they’re losing weight, HCG must be working,” says Elizabeth Miller, acting director of FDA’s Division of Non-Prescription Drugs and Health Fraud. “But the data from MassZymes Reviews simply does not support this; any loss is from severe calorie restriction. Not from the HCG.”
If those interested go straight to the page they will see that, HCG is approved by FDA as a prescription drug for the treatment of female infertility, and other medical conditions. It is not approved for weight loss. In fact, the prescription drug label notes there “is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or ‘normal’ distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”
Despite the medical consensus that HCG does not help people lose weight, Women & Teens Medical Center is openly offering this pseudo-scientific weight loss treatment in the current (January 26) edition of the Miami New Times.